The Threepenny Opera Starts Jean Cocteau Repertory New Season

News   The Threepenny Opera Starts Jean Cocteau Repertory New Season New York fans of The Threepenny Opera who can't make the trek up to Williamstown Theatre Festival for this summer's production and can't wait for the Roundabout Theatre Company's production in the 2004-2005 season can thank Jean Cocteau Repertory for staging the work Aug. 29-Nov. 23.

The Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill musical will open the new season for the downtown Manhattan company. Other classic works on the roster include David Lee Jiranek's adaptation of Aristophanes' Lysistrata, Federico Garcia Lorca's Dona Rosita the Spinster, Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck and a new Rod McLucas translation of Moliere's The Bourgeois Gentleman with music and lyrics by Raphael Crystal.

Jean Cocteau Rep producing artistic director David Fuller kicks off the 33rd season with The Threepenny Opera, directing the Marc Blitzstein translation. The work features the book and lyrics of Brecht with the music of Weill.

Playing in rep with Threepenny will be the Greek classic Lysistrata, Oct. 24-Feb. 5, 2004. Adapter David Lee Jiranek also directs the comedy in which the sick-of-war Athenian women withhold sex from their warring husbands to stop the war with Sparta.

Ernest Johns directs Dona Rosita the Spinster, Dec. 19-May 4, 2004. Lorca sets his work in Granada where a young woman is left waiting as her fiancé seeks opportunity in the New World.

Cocteau founder Eve Adamson directs The Wild Duck, February 20-May 20, 2004. Ibsen's tale of how a young girl's love for a wounded animal comes between two families. The Bourgeois Gentleman will close the new season April 16-June 6, 2004. Original music is featured in the Rod McLucas-directed production of the 17th-century French farce about a man trying to fit in to his newfound riches.

For tickets to Jean Cocteau Rep, at 330 Bowery, call (212) 677-0060. For more information, visit www.jeancocteaurep.org.